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Boer-uitbeeldings in Franse jeugliteratuur tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog

J.E.T. Steyn
Literator | Vol 31, No 1 | a36 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v31i1.36 | © 2010 J.E.T. Steyn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 July 2010 | Published: 13 July 2010

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J.E.T. Steyn, Department of Afrikaans & Dutch, German & French, University of the Free State, South Africa

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Representations of the Boer in French youth literature duringthe Anglo Boer War Representations of the “other” or alterity are to a large extent influenced by the historical context of the onlooker. When this historical context changes, it often happens that the representation of the “other” is adapted accordingly. This article provides a short overview of the way in which French representations of the Boers in youth novels written before the Anglo-Boer War differ from youth novels about the war. Before the war the Boer is described as a Dutch descendant living in utmost, almost barbaric, simplicity. When the Anglo- Boer War breaks out, the Boer becomes an alter ego for the French who indirectly continue the French struggle against the British. This article discusses the way in which the French adapt their representation of the Boers in order for young French readers to identify with the Boers.


Anglo Boer War; Representation Of Boers; France; Identity; Youth Novels


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